CSAE Conference Topic Information

Which topic should I choose for my submission?

To assist our conference refereeing process, we request that you submit your paper to one of our general topics. We welcome submissions of ALL papers in development economics, and we recognise that not every paper will fit exactly into one of the following themes; please choose the theme that most closely matches the research. You can find out more about the types of paper to submit under each topic below:

AGRICULTURE (includes, but is not limited to, research on agricultural productivity, household farms, commercial farms, agricultural cooperatives, technology adoption in agriculture, the role of gender in agricultural production, performance of agricultural markets, etc).
FIRMS  (includes, but is not limited to, research on microenterprises, SMEs, large firms, industrial organization in developing countries, firm dynamics, finance, taxation, innovation, incentives within the firm, automation, firm-level frictions, informality, gender dynamics in firms, etc).
FISCAL AND MONETARY POLICY  (includes, but is not limited to, research on macro public finance, the conduct and consequences of fiscal and monetary policy in developing countries, research on inflation, currency unions, etc).
HEALTH AND EDUCATION  (includes, but is not limited to, research on health standards, food and nutrition, service delivery, worker incentives, gender inequalities, the role of gender in healthcare provision, education standards, teacher performance, teacher incentives, school organisation, tertiary education, etc).
HOUSEHOLDS, INEQUALITY, AND POVERTY  (includes, but is not limited to, research on intrahousehold dynamics and household decision-making, gender roles in the household, household labour supply, intimate partner violence, inequality within or across households, conditional cash transfers, unconditional cash transfers, etc.).
LABOUR  (includes, but is not limited to, research on employment conditions, gender inequality in the labour market, discrimination, labour productivity, job search and labour market frictions, 'active labour market policies', informality and atypical work, online labour markets, etc).
MACRO PRODUCTIVITY  (includes, but is not limited to, research on the determinants of aggregate productivity, structural transformation, business cycles, misallocation, foreign aid, public finances, production networks, granular economy, technological progress and innovation, industry dynamics, industrial policy, etc).
NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT  (includes, but is not limited to, research on land and resource use, economic growth and natural resources, costs and benefits of environmental policies, economics of weather shocks and climate change in developing countries, etc).
POLITICAL ECONOMY  (includes, but is not limited to, research on economic and political institutions, bureaucracy, culture, social choice, conflict, elections, corruption, etc).
TRADE  (includes, but is not limited to, research on trade policy, trade liberalisation, regional trade blocs, causes and consequences of outsourcing, global and financial linkages, FDI, firm-to-firm linkages, firms in the international economy etc).


Gender, behavioural economics, urban, and networks are considered cross-cutting issues. If your paper focuses on any of these issues, then please submit under whichever topic you feel is most appropriate.